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CityLink Celebrates 45th Anniversary
Today CityLink celebrates its 45th Anniversary. When the private bus company in Peoria ceased operations, the leadership of the City of Peoria, Village of Peoria Heights, and West Peoria Township saw the need for the Greater Peoria Area to have public transportation. On May 4, 1970, a board appointed by the mayors of those communities formed the Greater Peoria Mass Transit District (GPMTD). A referendum was passed later that year, which allocated a $5 million tax for the transportation district. With a grant issued by the federal government, GPMTD purchased 33 new buses. That same year, GPMTD contracted with the East Peoria Mass Transit District to provide bus service. In its first year of service, GPMTD provided 667,142 passenger rides.
As CityLink continued to grow, a decision was made in 2000 to change the GPMTD moniker from GP Transit to CityLink. At the same time, the buses were painted a modern maroon and grey with gold striping. In 2003, the Transit Center, located in the 400 block of SW Adams Street was completed. The Transit Center provides passengers with a safe and comfortable area out of the elements while they wait to transfer buses.